Consultant – Geographical Information System Workshop for Environmental Health Staff at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Rescue Committee IRC Recruitment 2021

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Consultant – Geographical Information System Workshop for Environmental Health Staff

Requisition req19541
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Sector: Environmental Health
Employment Category: Consultant
Employment Type: Part-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Project’s Background:

  • Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives. At work today in more than 40 countries, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
  • The conflict in North East Nigeria is in its 10th year and has seen over 2 million people displaced. IRC began working in Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, IRC has expanded its program scope and size, with the aim of making the greatest possible contribution to meeting humanitarian needs in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
  • IRC’s response includes integrated health, reproductive health and nutrition services, protection including women’s protection and empowerment services, child protection, environmental health, economic recovery and development, governance, and education. In 2015, IRC Nigeria developed a five year Strategy Action Plan which will be ended in March 2021 and had health and education as high-priority program areas.  The elaboration of the new country strategy action plan for   2021 – 2025 is currently in progress.
  • The Environmental Health Department/Sector is instrumental and important as the IRC Nigeria seeks to prevent disease in achieving the health outcomes which is also a key underlying factor for other IRC outcomes. With the increasing demand and pressure on the quality and timely delivery of program activities, there is a significant need for building the capacity of the team in other to meet the needs of our clients in a professional and timely manner.
  • GIS (ArcGIS) is one tool that is very relevant to the Environmental Health sector in other to achieve the Health outcome 8 – People are protected from water sanitation and hygiene related diseases, hence the need to build the team’s capacity.

Overall Objective:

  • The key objective / importance of the GIS (ArcGIS)  to the EH/WASH sector is to provide learning on clear, evidence-based data collection and management for WASH projects as it adds significant value for WASH facilities monitoring and project reporting.

The Ccope of Work 

  • The consultant will coach two groups of participants for a total of 8 days. The first group of 25 participants will be trained on the 6 – 9th of September 2021 while the second group with the same number of participants is scheduled for 13 – 16th September 2021. At the end of the workshop, participants should be  competent and equipped (with literature materials, applications and data) on the GIS aspects outlined below:

GIS Data Management for WASH:

  • Collecting data in WASH context using GPS devices
  • Using GPS utility software for managing and downloading and managing data
  • Using Mobile Phones for GIS collecting data on WASH indicators
  • Importing GPS data to Arc GIS and Quantum GIS
  • Soft skills on key data analysis in EXCEL
  • GIS Mapping of WASH indicators
  • Creating new WASH indicators map layers using internal and local data
  • Styling and symbolization
  • Mapping resources/Project activities
  • Facilitated practical exercises in map making and presentation using project’s data
  • Spatially join and aggregate point data to create maps of different theme
  • Building and coding the new variables
  • Digitizing and scanning of maps to create a base map for WASH project area
  • Case study: GIS in monitoring sustainable rural water supply

GIS and Remote Sensing as a Tool in Monitoring WASH Projects:

  • Importing and projecting map layers for a local analysis
  • Projecting maps for WASH-data analysis at different geographic scales
  • Reducing GIS data from large coverage to an area of interest
  • Cutting points of interest in image datasets
  • Techniques of overlying GIS data
  • Extracting subsets of GIS data for mapping
  • Multi-Criteria analysis and its application in WASH
  • Understanding map layers in GIS
  • Composing a GIS layout from WASH indicators
  • Bringing tabular data into a GIS (Excel, SPSS, Access etc.)
  • Connecting visual map features and tabular data
  • Selecting subsets of map features from geoprocessing
  • Using data sorting records and labeling indicators to produce information
  • Composing a map
  • Case study: Use of GIS in siting suitable location for solid waste landfill

Designing Maps for WASH Indicators:

  • Designing and building numeric scales for mapping attributes
  • Symbolizing numeric scales for points using size-graduated point markers
  • Mapping the relationship of two variables
  • Building professional map’ layouts for presentations and reports
  • Exporting map layouts as image files
  • Exporting map layouts as PDF files
  • GIS mapping of most at-risk populations (MARPS)
  • Case study: GIS for WASH in emergency
  • Case study: Using GIS in monitoring WASH in schools project

Online Publishing of Maps and GIS Outputs:

  • Working with Google Maps and Fusion Tables to publish WASH output data
  • Publishing WASH data into other web-based platforms
  • Case study:  Applying Participatory GIS in Community-Led Total Sanitation

Delivery Method:

  • The IRC recommends a mixed-methods approach that promotes hands-on, practical and applied learning. Consultants are advised to recommend the most appropriate approach for the assignment. Nevertheless, the final approach must include a clear evaluation of participants skill level before and after the workshop.

The IRC welcomes expressions of interest from seasoned consultants, individuals or firms in academia, research methods, WASH, shelter, or other related fields.
The Lead Consultants Should Possess:

  • Master’s degree or higher in GIS, environmental sciences or geographical sciences, with advanced knowledge of GIS software, international relations or humanitarian work.
  • Extensive experience in conducting similar workshops for humanitarian organizations specializing in environmental health programming.
  • Excellent analytical, presentation and writing skills in English.

General Conditions:

  • The consultant should be based in Abuja the venue of this workshop
  • The consultant will conduct his/her work using his/her own computer and equipment.
  • The total budget for the consultancy will include VAT as/if required by national regulations.
  • Payment of consultant will be remitted upon satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.

Application Closing Date
19th August, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Candidates should send their applications to: and using the job title as the subject of the mail.
Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resource Coordinator,
The IRC Nigeria Country Program,

Plot 902, Olu Awotesu Street,
Jabi – Abuja.

Proposal Details and Submission Time Frame:

  • This consultancy assignment is anticipated to start on the 6th of September 2021. The entire exercise will last for 8 days (6 – 9 & 13 – 16 Sept 2021). The deadline for submission of the technical and financial proposals and accompanying documents is given above. Expression of interest applications should include:
  • Technical proposal with clear understanding and interpretation of the ToR, including detailed tasks, recommended methodology summary and proposed schedule, relevant experience, how you meet the profile required and details of time required (maximum 5 pages)
  • Financial proposal, including daily professional fee and any other associated costs for the assignment. The consultant should itemize all costs for the duration of assignment, lumped up costs will not be accepted in the financial proposal. All costs need to be clearly stated in the bid submission.
  • CVs of prospective consultants.


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